Holiday fun in Eisacktal
Eisacktal is one of the longest, but also most varied valleys in South Tyrol, connecting the Brenner Pass in the north with the provincial capital Bozen in the south. The area is a wonderful holiday destination for every season of the year. You will be delighted by the magnificent natural landscape, the large activity offer and the numerous culinary events!
The landscape of the Eisacktal is full of charms and exciting contrasts: Lovely foothill crests with gentle vineyard and chestnut groves alternate with lush alpine meadows and pastures, dense alpine forests, bizarre rock formations and the glaciated 3,000 m peaks of the main crest of the Zillertal and Stubai Alps. The Eisacktal offers three cities: the medieval town of Klausen in the south, the episcopal city of Brixen and the Fugger city of Sterzing in the north.
In Eisacktal, spring is a wonderful season enchanting you with the natural scenery of the apple blossom and filling you with new energies and joy of life. Whereas lovers of winter sports still enjoy wonderful days on the mountains and in the skiing areas, you may also welcome the first warm spring days in the valley in occasion of many events. Especially the high plateau of Natz-Schabs is worth a visit in this season of the year.
In summer, you may enjoy Mediterranean temperatures and plenty of sunshine in Brixen and environs. Hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers are now attracted by the Villnöss valley and the marvellous Dolomites, by the localities of Villanders, Pflersch, Ratschings, Ridnaun, Meransen, the Jaufental valley or the Rodeneck pasture.
One of the numerous points of interest of the area is the Neustift Monastery. The impressive premises is going to enchant lovers of art and culture, as well as wine connoisseurs.
The apple harvest and the traditional Törggelen
The cultivation of apples has an important role in the lower valley areas. Therefore, it is not surprising that the apple enjoys great significance. Every year, the locality of Natz-Schabs celebrates a week dedicated to the apples with the highlight of a big feast and the selection of the Apple Queen. In the restaurants, hotels and inns, you are pampered with exquisite creations and typical specialities out of apples during this week.
Along the “Chestnut path” near Feldthurns, but also in the other localities of the Eisacktal, autumn inaugurates the fifth season – the “Törggelen”. In the traditional guest houses and taverns, you may enjoy roasted chestnuts, wine and typical farm specialities in a pleasant atmosphere. The Törggelen has a long tradition for the farmers and is getting more and more famous among vacationers.
Further indulging events in autumn are the Plum Week in Barbian, the famous Bacon Feast in Villnöss or the Bread and Strudel Market in Brixen. Besides culinary events, the golden autumn offers also a large selection of hiking paths and a family-friendly cycle path.
Christmas magic & winter sports
In winter, the marvellous natural landscape of the Eisacktal and the snowy alpine pastures await you with unforgettable snowshoeing tours, cross-country ski and sledge runs and skiing areas. Do not miss a winter hike to the pastures of Villanders, Rodeneck and Lüsen.
In the skiing areas of Plose, Rosskopf, Gitschberg Jochtal and Ratschings Jaufen, families enjoy high entertainment. Who visits the Eisacktal in the Advent season, should absolutely discover the Christmas markets of Brixen, Sterzing and the smaller and medieval market in Klausen.